The vast majority of people (79%) want to die at home however less than a quarter (21%) are able to do so. Macmillan estimates if nothing is done by 2020, 1.3m people will have had their dying wish ignored. This must be urgently addressed.
Consensus has grown around the urgent need for Government action to address the lack of choice at end of life. It is also widely accepted that if more people are treated in a community setting then savings can be made in the acute sector.
To enable more people to die in the manner and place of their choosing, the Government must fund and implement the Independent Review of Choice in End of Life Care’s recommendations. This would ensure people receive good quality care that meets their individual needs and wishes.
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